- Tim Burton’s unique view of the world extends beyond his movies and into his observations of real-world events, such as cancel culture.
- Burton has remained connected to Paul Reubens despite the actor’s controversies, highlighting the filmmaker’s loyalty and support.
- Burton compares society’s reaction to controversial figures to the angry villagers in Frankenstein, expressing his dislike and lack of understanding for this human dynamic.
Tim Burton has always had a unique view of the world when it comes to his movies, having delivered many iconic productions that bring his well-known style to the big screen. However, when it comes to dealing with the real world, Burton seems to have a cinematic twist on even events that are not part of his on-screen world, such as the ongoing discussions around cancel culture.
Burton has worked with two stars in particular who have been subjected to public opinions that have seen them “fall from grace,” namely Johnny Depp, and the late Paul Reubens. It was the Pee-wee Herman star who gave Burton his big shot as a director when they collaborated on Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure in 1985. However, the actor’s life was later hit with drug and pornography controversies, but through it all, Burton had continued to stay in touch with Reubens. He said of Reubens:
“I had him in Batman Returns, and he did some voices in The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’d always send him a Christmas card. And I did speak to him a few months ago. I talked to him for about 45 minutes… but I had no idea what his situation was.”
When Burton was given a comparison between the end of the Edward Scissorhands, when the title character his hunted down by an angry, misinformed mob, and the troubles of Reubens and Depp, the filmmaker suggested that he has seen a very ugly thing in the way society reacts to such things.
“Here’s the thing. When I was a child, I always had an image of the angry villagers in Frankenstein… I always used to think about society that way, as the angry village. You see it more and more. It’s a very, very strange human dynamic, a human trait that I don’t quite like or understand.”
A New Documentary Will Examine Tim Burton’s Career
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Tim Burton would be the subject of a new documentary directed by Tara Wood and featuring a Who’s Who of Burton collaborators from the world of cinema and TV including Jenna Ortega, Michael Keaton, Helena Bonham Carter, Winona Ryder, Christopher Walken, long-time collaborating composer Danny Elfman, and of course Johnny Depp.
The series will go into the incredible mind of one of cinema’s most imaginative creatives and include never-before-seen footage combined with new interviews with the many stars who have worked with him over the years.
“Tim continues to build his aesthetic, the Burton-esque style, derived from a wealth of art, cinematic, and literary genres,” a release about the series stated. “The documentary explores how Burton brings his vision to life through his own joyous idiosyncrasy and his ability to meld the ominous and the frightful with a sense of whimsy. Tim’s films are just the tip of the iceberg.”
Speaking about making the documentary, Tara Wood added:
“In the making of this doc, Tim’s creative family, a gaggle of creative genius, met me with open hearts and enthusiasm to share their profound insights into Tim’s unique, magical world,” Wood said. “And it has been a truly inspiring, joyous and life-changing experience. Whatever you do or where you come from, Tim’s story will inspire you.”
The four-part docuseries is yet to receive an air date.